Team Manitoba athletes made their mark paddling to bronze and silver medals on the Red River today. The pair of medals earned in canoe kayak raises Manitoba’s medal count at the Canada Summer Games to 20. Manitoba also saw action on the first day of Week Two in swimming, tennis, female softball, and indoor volleyball.
Manitoba athletes in canoe kayak qualified for four Finals races today. James Lavallée was the first to reach the podium, earning bronze in a very close kayak 500-metre final. In the race, first-place through fourth-place were separated by only four seconds. Then the pair of Maddy Mitchell and Nicole Boyle earned a silver medal in the double canoe 1000-metre final. There are three more days of canoe kayak at Canada Summer Games, with more 500 and 1000-metre events set for Tuesday.
The volleyball court heated up on the first day of Week Two competition with Team Manitoba male and female teams playing a pair of games each. The female team faced Nova Scotia on the big stage, winning their match in four sets on TSN. The female team also won earlier versus Team Yukon, improving to 2-0 through one day. The male team split their games, beating Northwest Territories before losing to Ontario. Each squad will play five games before quarterfinal action on Thursday, August 10.
On the diamond, Manitoba’s female softball team opened round-robin play with a 7-0 win over Team PEI before dropping their evening game with Saskatchewan, 5-1. Team Manitoba will play nine qualification round games before playoff competition begins on Friday, August 11.
Team Manitoba male soccer hits the pitch for the first time tomorrow. Their pool play will include games against Team Yukon and Team Quebec. Game one is against Yukon at 4:30 p.m. at Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.
There will be more final races in both swimming and canoe kayak on Tuesday. Cycling and golf events get underway for the first time, while female softball and indoor volleyball teams continue competition on the second day of Week Two.
Schedule for Tuesday, August 8:
9:00 a.m. – Preliminary heats – 500-metre & 1000-metre races – Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Centre
1:00 p.m. – Finals – 500-metre & 1000-metre races – Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Centre
10:00 a.m. – Female Individual Time Trials – Birds Hill Park
11:30 a.m. – Male Individual Time Trials – Birds Hill Park
7:30 a.m. – Individual & Team Competition – Southwood Golf & Country Club
4:00 p.m. – Team Manitoba vs. Team Yukon – Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex
3:00 p.m. – Team Manitoba vs. Team Nova Scotia – John Blumberg Softball Complex
7:00 p.m. – Team Manitoba vs. Team Quebec – John Blumberg Softball Complex
9:30 a.m. – Preliminary Heats – Various categories – Pan Am Pool
7:00 p.m. – Finals – Various categories – Pan Am Pool
9:00 a.m. – Quarterfinal – Team Mix – Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club
10:15 a.m. – Qualification Round – Female & Male Singles – Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club
2:00 p.m. – Qualification Round – Female & Male Doubles – Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club
4:00 p.m. – Female Volleyball – Team Manitoba vs. Team Nova Saskatchewan – Canada Games Sport For Life Centre
6:00 p.m. – Male Volleyball – Team Manitoba vs. Team New Brunswick – Canada Games Sport For Life Centre